Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 06 May 2016

LANDLORDS AND RETAILERS

Grupo Wisa rejects money laundering charges after US Treasury swoop

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 06/05/16

PANAMA. “We wish to communicate to the public that these accusations are false and unfounded," says Grupo Wisa President Abdul Waked amid extensive money laundering accusations and resultant sanctions by U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control against the duty free retail-to-real estate group.

KidsTime brand captures toys and gifts concession at Changi Airport T1

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 05/05/16

SINGAPORE. VenderMac Concept, with its KidzTime brand, wins the latest toys, games, children's gifts and creative learning concession at Changi T1.

Shannon Group names Matthew Thomas as new Chief Executive

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 05/05/16

IRELAND. Shannon Group has named Matthew Thomas, until recently Chief Commercial Officer at Vantage Airport Group, as its new Chief Executive.

WHSmith opens its first airport store in Fiji at Nadi International

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 05/05/16

FIJI. Local retailer The Tappoo Group will operate the 50sq m unit, which is situated in the airside departures lounge of the airport's international terminal.

Australian government to slash duty free tobacco Arrivals allowance again

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 04/05/16

Another blow for duty free retailers, in Australia and abroad, as the Australian allowance is halved from the already skimpy 50 sticks permitted.

Eurotrade unveils new retail brand and concept at Munich Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 04/05/16

GERMANY. The new Bavaria-themed My Duty Free retail concept aims to add a point of difference and Sense of Place to the shopping experience.

Furla opens 7sq m corner at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 04/05/16

The Italian leathergoods brand has extended its North African travel retail presence with the opening of a corner at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport.

Gebr Heinemann prepares for largest duty free store launch in Sydney

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 04/05/16

AUSTRALIA. Inspired by the city's harbour and beaches, the retailer’s “milestone” 8,000sq m precinct at Sydney International will officially open on Friday (6 May).

Abu Dhabi Airports reveals Midfield Terminal food & beverage victors

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

UAE. Emirates Leisure Retail, HMSHost, Lagardère Capital and SSP are the big winners of a hotly contested F&B tender at Abu Dhabi's new Midfield Terminal.

China Duty Free Group’s Phnom Penh Duty Free Shop to open on 1 August

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

CAMBODIA. Located in a 3,900sq m space, the underground mall will feature about 400 high-end brands and target a diverse customer base, CDFG said.

FABulous programme revealed for leading airport food & beverage event

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

SWITZERLAND. FAB 2016 features a 'who's who' of the world's leading F&B concessionaires and some of the world's most consumer-minded airports.

King Power’s Leicester City rock the world with Premier League triumph

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

UK. Mission Impossible? Not for Leicester City, the flying ‘Foxes’ of English football owned by Thai travel retailer King Power, who proved that dreams can come true.

Shiseido Travel Retail and DFS host exclusive Clé de Peau Beauté event

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 03/05/16

Taking place on 29 April, the event offered DFS Group's Prestige and Diamond customers the chance to experience Clé de Peau Beauté's La Crème and Synactif.

Big names bolster line-up at this month's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

IRELAND. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by golf star Rory McIlroy's charitable foundation, looks set to attract a powerful field from 19-22 May.

Dufry America wins ‘Top Workplace 2016’ award in Florida

Source: Sun Sentinel; The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

USA. Dufry America has been recognised as a ‘Top Workplace’ for the second year running in awards for companies that have offices in South Florida.

Organic sales growth buoys Dufry in Q1 as WDF integration gathers pace

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 02/05/16

INTERNATIONAL. “We had a good start in 2016, with the continuation of the improving organic growth trends we started to see in Q4 2015. Europe had another strong quarter and countries impacted by Brazilians and Russians continued to recover." Dufry CEO Julián Díaz reacts to the retailer's Q1 2016 results, which showed solid organic sales growth, and rising EBITDA, but net earnings fell sharply in the period.

Desigual scoops Best New Retail Concept award for LaGuardia store

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

The brand has been recognised at the tenth 'Quest for the Best' awards for its innovative approach to female fashion and accessories in travel retail.

Hudson opens local confectionery store at Chicago O’Hare International

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

USA. Sarah’s Candies offers products sourced exclusively from women-owned local businesses and will have a grand opening on Monday (2 May).

Korea Customs Service to grant four new downtown duty free licences in Seoul; possible reprieve for Lotte and WalkerHill?

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

SOUTH KOREA. Could the decision to grant four new downtown duty free licences in Seoul in response to surging Chinese tourism spell a dramatic reprieve for the seemingly doomed WalkerHill Duty Free and Lotte World Tower Duty Free stores? UPDATED story with reaction from Lotte Duty Free as it welcomes the announcement.

Lagardère Travel Retail finds a (Mr) Simple fashion solution in Melbourne

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

AUSTRALIA. Local brand Mr Simple makes its airport debut as Lagardère Travel Retail launches its first Pacific foray into men's fashion.

Mars ITR and Dubai Duty Free target travellers with Galaxy promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

Four high-profile Galaxy promotions across Dubai Duty Free, featuring a Royal Enfield 350 Classic motorcycle, celebrate the re-launch of the brand into travel retail.

Royal salute: H.H Sheikh Ahmed opens Concourse D at Dubai International

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

UAE. Dubai Airports Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has officially opened Dubai International’s new Concourse D, home to 60 airlines.

TAV Airports reports retail revenue growth in Q1; duty free sales flat

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 29/04/16

TURKEY. Airport company TAV announces +6% year-on-year Q1 2016 increase in retail and catering, flat duty free sales and overall revenue growth of +2%.

Buoyant in Bangalore: commercial revenues show “phenomenal” growth

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 28/04/16

INDIA. As retail and food & beverage sales growth outstrip passenger increases, Bangalore International Airport Ltd outlines an ambitious commercial vision.

JR/Duty Free retains Wellington Airport concession after open tender

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 28/04/16

NEW ZEALAND. JR/Duty Free retains its stronghold at the gateway to the nation's capital after “a very thorough and rigorous tender process”.

Athens Airport invites tenders for retail, food & beverage and services

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 27/04/16

GREECE. Athens Airport calls tenders for 21 commercial operations at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport through The Moodie Davitt Report.

Colm McLoughlin: Dubai Duty Free buoyed by Concourse D opening

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 27/04/16

UAE. Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman Colm McLoughlin says that the retailer’s business has been lifted by the opening of the new concourse.

Tourvest Inflight names Christine Howard as Chief Operating Officer

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 27/04/16

SOUTH AFRICA. Tourvest Inflight Retail Services has named former senior gategroup executive Christine Howard as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Canadian land border duty free sales surge by double digits in Q1

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

CANADA. Land border sales climbed by a healthy +12% year-on-year in Q1 2016, and by +10% in March, reports the Frontier Duty Free Association.

Dubai Duty Free wins Middle East duty free shopping award for 15th year

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

UAE. Dubai International has once again been named ‘Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East’ at the Business Traveller Middle East awards.

Dubai International passenger traffic maintains growth momentum in March

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

UAE. Passenger numbers at Dubai International climbed by +7.4% year-on-year in March, and by +6.8% in the first quarter, as the new Concourse D opened.

HMSHost captures contract for three new restaurants at Toronto Pearson

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

CANADA. HMSHost will open Shanghai 360, Smoke’s Burritorie and Smashburger restaurants after winning an eight-year contract at Toronto Pearson International. .

Hudson to open ‘first of a kind’ interactive art gallery at Omaha Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

USA. Dufry-owned Hudson prepares to open a “first of its kind” airport art gallery in Omaha - with live art created in-store and projected onto terminal screens.

Rémy Cointreau unveils exclusive Fine Champagne Cognac series

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 26/04/16

Only 7,000 numbered bottles of the first Carte Blanche edition by Rémy Martin Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau are available, exclusively with DFS.

ACI underlines role of service quality on commercial revenues

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. "Analysis suggests that prioritising customer service results in the greatest positive impact on non-aeronautical revenue," says ACI World Director General Angela Gittens.

Bahrain Airport Company launches new terminal advertising tender

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

BAHRAIN. “Our tender programme is another significant milestone in our US$1.1bn transformation," says Bahrain Airport Co's Mohamed Khalil.

Dallas Fort Worth Airport adds retail and F&B units in Terminal E

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

USA. The new concessions include women's accessories store Marshall-Rousso, electronics unit InMotion Entertainment and two local F&B concepts.

Dubai Duty Free takes top honours at industry awards ceremony

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

UK/UAE. “We are delighted to be named Airport Travel Retailer of the Year and even more delighted to accept the overall Global Travel Retailer of the Year award."

Foreign exchange with a difference from Coindrum and Dufry

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

INTERNATIONAL. What to do with those leftover foreign coins from a trip abroad? Travellers at Milan Malpensa can now exchange them for shopping vouchers.

Lagardère Travel Retail opens two F&B outlets at Valencia Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

SPAIN. Quick service restaurant TRIB’S serves a range of fresh products and local favourites and is joined by So!Coffee, another Lagardère brand, at the airport.

Largest Starbucks airport store in EMEA opens at Amsterdam Schiphol

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 25/04/16

NETHERLANDS. Travel restaurateur HMSHost brings Starbucks Evenings menu and Starbucks Reserve coffees to the 470sq m store - called The Pavilion.

King Power Group’s Sunil Tuli inducted into top Scotch whisky society

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 22/04/16

UK. Duty free industry stalwart has been made a Keeper of the Quaich, an international society that recognises outstanding contributions to Scotch.

Xi’an Airport deepens stakeholder collaboration with ‘Trinity’ event

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 22/04/16

CHINA. Xi’an Xianyang Airport COO Wolfgang Weil says the creation of a Trinity Executive Committee and sub-committees can improve stakeholder relations.

Changi Airport names winners of key retail and F&B concessions at T4

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

SINGAPORE. Desigual, Gassan, Coach, Furla, Charles & Keith, Michael Kors and TWG Tea Boutique capture spaces at Changi T4, which opens next year.

Hainan offshore duty free sales near US$3 billion in first five years

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

CHINA. The island province’s two offshore duty free shops have received about 6.25 million customers and sold more than 24 million items since 2011.

Heathrow Airport posts sharp rise in retail revenue per passenger in Q1

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

UK. Buoyed by redevelopment at T5 in particular, Heathrow Airport posts a double-digit surge in Q1 retail revenue and a sharp rise in revenue per passenger.

Lotte Duty Free opens ambitious cultural space Under Stand Avenue

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 21/04/16

SOUTH KOREA. Lotte Duty Free has unveiled Under Stand Avenue, a creative and cultural space which is at the heart of its drive to fulfil its social obligations.

Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather elected as President of ACI Asia-Pacific

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 20/04/16

ASIA PACIFIC. As she takes the Presidential reins, the well-respected Ms Mather pledges to promote excellence in airport management and operations.

Blackjack ties up with LS Travel Retail at London Luton Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 19/04/16

UK. Promotions specialist Blackjack commences 16th UK airport operation. The company promises "memorable & lasting customer experiences".

Heinemann and L'Oréal open first Kérastase counter in Europe

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 19/04/16

Heinemann and L’Oréal Travel Retail have opened the first Kérastase counter in Europe, at Copenhagen Airport, with a launch offer of a free sample and hairstyle.